Special Education: Child Find

Radford City Schools Child Find

What is Child Find?

Child Find is an effort on the part of Radford City Schools to locate children who are in need of Special Education and Related Services.
Radford City Schools Policies and Procedures

Radford City Schools shall maintain an active and continuing child find program designed to identify, locate and evaluate those children residing in the jurisdiction who are birth to age 21, inclusive, who are in need of special education and related services.

Procedure I: RCS child find includes children who:

A. Are highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless children;

B. Attend private schools, including children who are home-instructed or home tutored;

C. Are suspected of being children with disabilities under this chapter and in need of special education, even through they are advancing from grade to grade; and

D. Are under age 18 who are suspected of having a disability who need special education and related services and who are incarcerated in a regional or local jail in its jurisdiction for 10 or more days.

Procedure II: Radford City Schools shall coordinate child find activities for infants and toddlers (birth to age two, inclusive) with the Part C local interagency coordinating council.

Procedure III: Radford City Schools shall locate, identify and evaluate all private school children with disabilities, including religious school children and home-instructed or home-tutored children residing in the jurisdiction of Radford City Schools, in accordance with 8 VAC 20-80-66. The activities undertaken to carry out this responsibility for private school children with disabilities must be comparable to the activities undertaken for children with disabilities in public schools. Radford City Schools shall consult with appropriate representatives of private school children with disabilities on how to carry out the child find and evaluation activities.

Procedure IV: Public awareness.

A. Radford City Schools shall, as least annually, conduct a public awareness campaign to:

1. Inform the community of a person’s, age two to 21, inclusive, statutory right to a free appropriate public education and the availability of special education programs and services;

2. Generate referrals; and

3. Explain the nature of disabilities, the early warning signs of disabilities, and the need for services to begin early.

B. Procedures for informing the community shall show evidence of the use of a variety of materials and media and shall:

1. Provide for personal contact with community groups, public and private agencies, and organizations; and

2. Provide information in the person’s native language or primary mode of communication.

C. Radford City Schools shall show evidence of involvement of parents and community members in the required child find and community awareness campaign.

Any child who is identified as having a disability is entitled to a free, appropriate public education designed to meet his/her needs.
Who may be eligible?
Children with:

* Autism
* Orthopedically Impaired
* Deaf-Blindness
* Other Health Impaired
* Developmentally Delayed
* Specific Learning Disability
* Emotional Disability
* Speech/Language Impairment
* Hearing Impaired including Deafness
* Traumatic Brain Injury
* Intellectual Disability
* Visual Impairment including Blindness
* Multiple Disabilities

What are some early warning signs in children?

Self help- unable to hold a bottle by 10 months, cannot chew most foods well by 21 months
Motor - cannot sit up alone by 8 months, cannot walk without help by 2 years, cannot run with ease by age 4 years

Vision - cannot follow a moving person with eyes by 5 months, is often unable to locate and pick up small objects, sometimes crosses one or both eyes

Speech / Hearing- does not turn head towards sounds or voices by 6 months, does not say "mama" or "dada" by age 1, speaks less than 50 words by age 2 ½, speech is difficult to understand at age 4

Learning - does not play games such as pat-cake or peek-a-boo by age 1, unable to follow simple directions at age 2 years, unable to answer simple questions such as "what" and "where" by age 4 years

What are some typical signs of development?
2 months
sitting with support, holds head erect
follows moving person with eyes
smiles occasionally
vocalizes (cooing)

6 months
sits with little support
rolls from back to stomach
moves objects from hand to hand and from hand to mouth
babbles more than two sounds

12 months
pulls self to standing
may step with support
picks things up with thumb and one finger
stacks two blocks
may say two or three words

18 months
partially feeds self
may use five to ten words

24 months
kicks large ball
turns pages of book
imitates housework
asks for items by name
uses two to three words together

What are Early Intervention Programs?
Identified or at risk children between the ages of 2 and 5 are provided services in a wide variety of settings. These may include services at the home, babysitter, day care settings, Head Start or in a school based program. When identified, the IEP committee will meet and determine your child's education needs, goals, and program.

Early Intervention...
Prevents a disability from becoming worse
Builds on a child's strengths with a program that makes the most of what a child can do
Maintains a child's potential
Provides support and assistance to the family

How can referrals be made?
Referrals can be made by anyone concerned with the child's educational performance or development including the parent / guardian, child, child's teacher, community agency or a school official.

Who do I contact?
If you suspect a child may have a disability or may be eligible for special education and related services contact the principal or counselor at the appropriate school or the Early Intervention Council. The principal or Council will begin the process by collecting the appropriate referral information.

For children ages 0-2 call the Infant And Toddler Connection / New River Valley Early Intervention Council at 1-800-650-5324